An inside look at art, people and community.
Center for Visual Art is the off-campus art center for MSU Denver. Along with an exhibition program that has both local significance and international reach, CVA offers education programming open to the community and extensive workforce development for students in creative fields.
February 10, 2018
CVA Staff Favorite: Taryn
We asked CVA gallery assistant Taryn about her favorite work in Sangre Colorado.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger discusses Winter Count
During a past exhibition at CVA, Cross Currents, Cannupa met Merritt Johnson and Nicholas Galanin who are artists also working to change perceptions of contemporary indigenous art.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger shares the work of Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson
Working together since 2014, Nicholas and Merritt have no conceptual or materialistic limitations to their collaborations and this is evident in the work exhibited in Water Line.
June 13, 2017
An overview: The different processes of printmaking
Printmaking can be difficult to comprehend. The processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing are often combined to create original contemporary prints. This is why we sat down with Ashley Nason, a printmaker and a juror for the 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition, to discuss the different processes and how printmakers utilize them to create original prints.
June 26, 2017
Printmaking: Screen Printing
Screen printing is one of the most versatile printmaking processes because anything flat can be printed on, and facilities are as complex as a commercial press with multiple screens or as simple as clamps mounted on a board. Conor Baldry is a recent MSU Denver graduate with a BFA in Printmaking who show us the basics of screen printing.
June 29, 2017
Intaglio printmaking is a complex printmaking process that involves etching, engraving, scraping, burnishing, and much more. MSU Denver BFA Printmaking graduate Peter Miller demonstrates these various techniques on a copper plate as they create an original print from their designs.
July 3, 2017
MSU Denver BFA Printmaking graduate Mandi Quinn enlarges the printmaking process of relief by carving narratives into blocks of MDF wood to create detailed original prints.
July 16, 2017
Taber Youmans, MSU Denver BFA in Printmaking, demonstrates the lithographic process.
July 12, 2017
Monotype is a painterly process that utilizes a printmaking press to create a unique image that can never be reproduced. It is this distinction of not having a reproducible matrix that makes monotype different from the four printmaking processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing.
June 27, 2017
Award Winners Announced for 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition
Awards for the 528.0 printmaking exhibition have been selected. These awards spotlight prints in the exhibition that used a variety of printmaking processes.
July 15, 2016
Colorado Women in Abstraction
The worldwide art community is examining the role of women in contemporary art and questioning the uneven representation in major exhibitions, publications and sales. Colorado Women in Abstraction focuses on the accomplishments of 32 women artists and their contributions to Colorado contemporary art and is presented in response to the Denver Art Museum exhibition, Women of Abstract Expressionism.
August 7, 2015
A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting from China
In this video artist Zhang Qing demonstrates traditional methods used in Chinese ink painting in a style known as gongbi. This realist technique uses highly detailed brushstrokes to depict figural or narrative subjects.
October 2, 2017
Interview with Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd
The issues and policy around water can be very complex and hard to navigate. That is why CVA and the Denver Botanic Gardens worked together to reduce the barriers of entry into this conversation through Water Line: a creative exchange.
October 9, 2017
Interview with Tom Cech
One World One Water Center (OWOW) is a collaboration between MSU Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens and strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and preserve our precious water resources.
October 16, 2017
Interview with Stacy Chesney
Recently the Water Trailer parked in CVA’s lot to give art walk guests fresh, clean, cold drinking water from Denver Water. Guests learned about the source of Denver’s water in conjunction with Water Line: A Creative Exchange which examines the loaded issue of water, and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists.